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I Dream of Wires' Confirmed Screenings

>>UPCOMING
Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle WA, USA. 7-night run!
OPENING NIGHT 9/19: Live modular performance by Kaori Suzuki (Magic Echo Music) and Chris Davis (Brain Fruit) after the screening.
Sept. 19-25
Venue TBA, as part of TodaysArt Festival (Dutch premiere), The Hague, NetherlandsSept. 25-28
Ancienne Belgique (Belgian premiere), Brussels, Belgium
Live modular performances by TZZ and Thomas Ankersmit after the screening.
Sept. 28
The Clinton Street Theater (presented by Control Voltage), Portland OR, USAOct. 3
Arts Court Theatre and Studio, Ottawa ON, CanadaOct. 8
Melkweg Cinema, as part of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), Amsterdam, NetherlandsOct. 15
Venue TBA, as part of MUTEK Mexico (Mexican premiere, see Resident Advisor), Mexico City, MexicoOct. 20-26
DocLounge, as part of Ekko Festival (Norwegian premiere, see Řstre), Bergen, NorwayOct. 22
Venue TBA, as part of In-Edit Festival, Barcelona, SpainOct. 24-Nov. 2
Venue/Details TBA (French premiere), Metz, FranceOct. 25
Venue TBA, as part of Club To Club Festival (Italian premiere), Torino, ItalyNov. 5-9
Venue TBA, as part of Avant Art Festival Wroclaw, PolandTBA
Venue TBA, as part of MUTEK Colombia, Bogotá, ColombiaTBA
  
>>PAST
Moogfest (international premiere), Asheville, NC, USAApr. 26
Moogfest, Asheville NC, USAApr. 27
CIMMfest, Chicago, IL, USAMay 2
Bio Rio (European premiere), Stockholm, SwedenMay 9
Goethe-Institut (part of Forward Festival), Washington DC, USAMay 15
Inkonst, Malmö, SwedenMay 16
ICA (part of Together Fest), Boston MA, USAMay 18
Bratislava, Slovakia (see citylife.sk)May 25
MUTEK Festival (Canadian premiere), Montreal QC, CanadaMay 28-29
Sala6, as part of SONAR Festival (two screenings), Barcelona, SpainJun. 13-14
Glenbow Museum, as part of Sled Island Festival, Calgary AB, CanadaJun. 19
Red Gallery, part of the East End Film Festival (shared UK premiere), London, UKJun. 21
Presented by Sensoria Festival (shared UK premiere), Sheffield, UKJun. 21
Downtown Independent, Los Angeles CA, USAJun. 27-Jul. 3
Union Docs (presented by CONTROL), Brooklyn, NYCJun. 28
NoveKino Przedwiosnie, as part of Audioriver Festival, Plock, PolandJul. 26
Happy Yess, as part of Warp Festival (Australian premiere), Darwin, AustraliaAug. 2
Kraftwerk Berlin, as part of Berlin Atonal Festival (German premiere), Berlin, GermanyAug. 20
Museum London w/Solvent DJ set + Keith Fullerton Whitman live set!, London ON, CanadaAug. 22
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema w/Solvent DJ set + Keith Fullerton Whitman live set!, Toronto ON, CanadaAug. 23
Alta Fidelidad Festival (South American premiere with Spanish Subtitles), Bogotá, ColombiaAug. 24
St. George's Church, as part of Brighton Digital Festival w/intro by Stephan Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire/Wrangler), Brighton, UK (see Melting Vinyl)Sept. 9
 

I Dream of Wires is an independent documentary about the history, demise and resurgence of the modular synthesizer, featuring interviews with over 100 modular musicians, inventors and enthusiasts, including Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Gary Numan, Vince Clarke (Erasure), Morton Subotnick, Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle), Daniel Miller, Carl Craig, Flood, Cevin Key (Skinny Puppy), James Holden, Factory Floor, Legowelt, Clark, John Foxx and Bernie Krause, as well as manufacturers and modular industry leaders Doepfer, Modcan and Make Noise.

Although April 26 will be the world premiere of I Dream of Wires' 96-minute theatrical cut (at Moogfest), a 4-hour Special Edition cut of the film, I Dream of Wires: Hardcore Edition, was released on DVD and Blu-Ray in late-2013 and has already become an underground, grassroots sensation amongst electronic musicians and fans with high profile reviews and coverage from the likes of NPR, Arte/Tracks, Pitchfork, The Wire and FACTmag. Despite it's imposing 4-hour length and ultra-niche target market, the Hardcore Edition ("for the hardcore modular synth and electronic music fanatics") has proven an independent hit. Now, stripped of the Hardcore Edition's techy excesses, I Dream of Wires' theatrical cut is set to bring the fascinating story of the modular synthesizer, a story driven by passionate and innovative people, to the masses. Additional screenings are being confirmed, with Chicago's CIMMfest and Boston's Together Festival on deck for theatrical stops for the film.

I Dream of Wires begins with an historical primer, exploring the early development of modular synthesizers from pioneering companies Moog Music Inc. and Buchla and Associates, right through to the near-extinction of these instruments, brought on by the introduction of portable, digital synthesizers in the '80s. From there, the rebirth of the modular synthesizer is retraced, leading into the phenomenal resurgence of the modular synthesizer. Along the way is some in-depth exploration of the passions, obsessions and dreams of people who have dedicated part of their lives to this esoteric electronic music machine. What started out as a "vintage-revival scene" in the '90s has grown into an underground phenomena with a growing market of modular obsessives craving ever more wild and innovative sounds and interfaces. Today, the modular synthesizer is no longer an esoteric curiosity or even a mere music instrument — it is an essential tool for radical new sounds and a bona fide subculture.

 

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